Kiplinger’s lists Penn State among 'best value' universities

Penn State was named one of the best values in public colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance on Dec. 10, according to a news release.

The university ranked 53rd on a list of 100, reflecting the school’s value for in-state students, the magazine said. For out-of-state students, Penn State ranked 41st.

The assessment is based on admission rates, test scores of incoming freshmen, freshman retention rate, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates, the release states. Cost criteria include tuition and fees, room and board, financial aid available and student loan debt at graduation.

Other Pennsylvania universities making the list were the University of Pittsburgh and West Chester University.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was ranked No. 1.